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When Jesus Was A Refugee

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Meter: D Appears in 1 hymnal Lyrics: When Jesus was a refugee from Herod’s cruel tyranny, ... Topics: Chirstian Life Neighbors; Peace and Justice Scripture: Matthew 25:35-36 Used With Tune: NEIGHBORS Text Sources: The Song Lingers On

God, How Can We Comprehend?

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette Meter: D Appears in 3 hymnals First Line: God, how can we comprehend-- Lyrics: ... value everyone, For each homeless refugee Is your daughter or your ... Topics: Refugees Scripture: Colossians 1:20 Used With Tune: ABERYSTWYTH

Migrant Journey

Author: Rafael H. Barahona Appears in 14 hymnals First Line: [Migrant Journey] Topics: Immigration and Refugees


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Composer: John D. Horman Meter: D Appears in 1 hymnal Tune Sources: The Song Lingers On Tune Key: c minor Used With Text: When Jesus Was A Refugee

[Mother, refugee from Herod's sword]

Composer: Bob Hurd Appears in 2 hymnals Tune Key: G Major or modal Incipit: 21213 21652 1 Used With Text: Madre Del Desaparecido


Composer: Colin Hand Meter: Appears in 199 hymnals Tune Sources: Somerset folk song collected by Cecil Sharp, 1859-1924 Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 51232 16551 71234 Used With Text: When God Almighty came to earth (God on earth)


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When Jesus Was A Refugee

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: The Song Lingers On #9 (2003) Meter: D Lyrics: When Jesus was a refugee from Herod’s cruel tyranny, ... Topics: Chirstian Life Neighbors; Peace and Justice Scripture: Matthew 25:35-36 Tune Title: NEIGHBORS

Madre Del Desaparecido

Author: Bob Hurd; Pia Mortiarty; Bob Hurd Hymnal: Flor y Canto #243 (1989) First Line: Mother, refugee from Herod's sword Refrain First Line: Madre, Madre de Dios y del hijo Topics: Cantos a la Virgen Languages: English; Spanish Tune Title: [Mother, refugee from Herod's sword]

If the War Goes On

Author: John L. Bell; Graham Maule Hymnal: Voices Together #794 (2020) Lyrics: take the road as refugees; when a ... Topics: Immigration and Refugees Scripture: Psalm 13 Tune Title: THE ROAD TO BASRAH


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Bob Hurd

b. 1950 Estribillo of "Madre Del Desaparecido" in Flor y Canto

Mary Nelson Keithahn

b. 1934 Author of "When Jesus Was A Refugee" in The Song Lingers On Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns together, some of which are included in these hymnals and supplements: Community of Christ Sings, God’s Mission, God’s Song, Hymns of Heritage and Hope, Lift Up Your Hearts, Sing Justice! Do Justice, Sing the Faith, Singing Our Savior’s Story, Singing the New Testament, The Faith We Sing, Upper Room Worshipbook, Voices Found, Voices United, and Worship and Song. They have also published four collections of their hymns: Come Away with Me and Time Now to Gather (Abingdon, 1998), The Song Lingers On (Zimbel, 2003), and Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2017). Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. In 2006 she received a Distinguished Achievement Award from her alma mater, Carleton College in Northfield, MN, in recognition of her work in composing text for religious music. Mary was married to the Rev. Richard K. Keithahn, a U.C.C. pastor, and widowed in 1986. She has three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. --mnk

John D. Horman

b. 1946 Composer of "NEIGHBORS" in The Song Lingers On